Coronavirus: UK’s new coronavirus strain poses serious risks to children too, as per scientists | The Times of India


According to Wendy Barclay, a professor at New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group (NERVTAG) and a specialist in virology at Imperial College of London, the mutations have made it easier for the virus to enter the human cells more easily and therefore, children are more prone to getting infected and are equally susceptible to this virus as adults.

She says, “Therefore children are equally susceptible, perhaps, to this virus as adults, and therefore given their mixing patterns, you would expect to see more children being infected.”

While the new variant facilitates the spread of the virus by 50% to 70%, early analysis hints that it has a higher propensity to infect children, as per scientists.

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